Wayne J. Staab, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Hearing Health and Technology Matters, has been notified that he will receive the Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry from the American Academy of Audiology at their International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in April. The award is given to an individual who has pioneered or has made major contributions to significant research or engineering achievements within the field of hearing. These contributions must extend beyond the service to a specific company and must have had a significant impact on the understanding or normal or disordered auditory systems.
Dr. Staab has gained international recognition as an expert on hearing aids and devices that fit into the ear canal.
He is President of Dr. Wayne J. Staab and Associates, a research, educational, publishing, manufacturing, and consulting organization. He is also a founding partner/editor of Hearing Health and Technology Matters, an International blog site for hearing.
He has held management positions in industry and has consulted to most major hearing aid companies on new product development. In academics, he has taught at the University of North Dakota, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He has been active in numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Staab has lectured and written extensively on hearing-related topics and rehabilitation, within the United States and internationally. He has written in excess of 80 articles in professional and trade journals, given well in excess of a thousand invited presentations in 20 different countries, authored five books, contributed chapters to 13 other major texts in audiology and hearing aids, and authors an article each week for the Hearing Health and Technology Matters blog site which is read in 215 countries. He has received numerous recognitions and awards for his work in hearing rehabilitation and continues to be active to inspire the profession.
His varied background has allowed him to intertwine his skills in manufacturing, business, and electronics with the sciences of hearing and acoustics to meet the specific needs of the hearing-impaired population. As a result, he has been, and continues to be involved in programs that have brought many new innovations, applications, products, and technologies to use in the hearing industry. He also serves as an expert on hearing to a wide range of medical-legal and national organizations, commissions, and the press.